Pakistan detains five Chinese trawlers for alleged illegal fishing

Pakistan detains five Chinese trawlers for alleged illegal fishing

Vessels laden with fish claim to have sheltered from storm, but Gwadar fishers want catch auctioned locally

Pakistan has detained five Chinese trawlers on suspicion of illegal fishing near its strategic port city of Gwadar, as a wave of protests swept across the region led by fishers concerned about losing control of their fishing grounds to China.

The Chinese trawlers, loaded with fish, were taken into custody by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), which has begun an investigation into their suspicious presence in Gwadar, where China has built a deep-sea port as part of its global belt and road initiative.

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